Wedding rings are an age-old symbol of marriage. However, for anyone who leads an active lifestyle or regularly works with machinery , these little metal bands can pose serious danger. For instance, if you injure yourself and your finger is sliced or swelling, a ring can be difficult — and painful — to remove. Then there’s also the fact that if you slip and the ring accidentally catches on something — wooden framing, or say, a rock face — you could lose most of its skin. Why? Simple physics: your body is still moving but your ring isn’t. This is called “degloving”— and it’s as disgusting as it sounds. Don’t Google it.
Now, you can certainly just leave your jewelry at home. But a lot of people are opting for silicone wedding rings as a way of taking precaution while still telling the world they’re taken. As they’re made from synthetic polymer, the rings — which are affordable and often come in packs of three — are flexible enough to be removed easily if there’s swelling. They also snap when under stress to help save your finger from a gruesome fate. If you’re interested in buying a few for yourself, here are our favorites.
Enso Legends Yeti Ring
Inspired by the mythical creature that roams the Himalayan Mountains, this ring is a light blue-gray color and has a slight metallic sheen that will pop on your finger. It also has small channels on the inside to ensure that your ring finger breathes and stays dry.
Aeon Electric Blue/Carbon Black Ring
Aeon’s rings are made from surgical grade silicone and, while tough, offer enough stretch to come off if the situation demands it. The company sells only one ring in five similar color patterns, each of which has a primary stripe down the middle.
Groove+Life Mossy Oak Camo Ring
Made in partnership with the Mossy Oak Camouflage Company, this ring has a wraparound pattern that helps keep moisture down and the fit comfortable. It’s available in six different styles and comes with a true lifetime guarantee.
Saferingz Gunmetal Metallic Ring
Want a more traditional looking ring? Saferingz offers a variety of classic silicone rings that break when stretched in colors that better resemble standard wedding bands. We’re partial to their gunmetal collection, which have a slight sheen to them.
QALO Black Step Edge Ring
QALO makes a variety of no-nonsense rings that don’t shine or otherwise standout. Our favorite is the black step edge ring, which has a simple barrel design. It’s made of a pliable, medical grade silicone that’s more resistant to automotive fluids and cleaning chemicals than other rings.